Monday, December 21, 2009

Much improved!

The ulcer treatment seems to have done the trick. No more stomping, no more cranky antics in the cross ties. I've also taken to keeping the girth as loose as possible for as long as possible, and I think Willow appreciates that as well. She never used to care about girth tightening, but I think she has gotten more sensitive in the past year. All in all, she's a much happier horse than she's been for several weeks.

Willow's aloe vera supplement arrived this evening, so I started her on that. It's called Excel, and it's made by a vet in this neck of the woods. It contains aloe vera juice, slippery elm bark, and vitamin C. For anyone who's interested, in addition to the Excel, Willow's other supplements are: Grand Vite, Mare Magic, and ProBios. The barn I'm at has a forage-only feed option that I have Willow on; it consists of alfalfa, rice bran, and grass hay. The horses are fed four times a day, and I think that is so helpful in keeping them from developing any stall vices. I love my barn!

5 comments:

achieve1dream said...

Wow I love your barn too! I'm moving in! :)

Petra said...

glad to hear your mare is doing better...I was wondering what your experience is with mare magic - I would like to try it, but not sure whether is really makes a difference...pls let me know!!

halfpassgirl said...

Hi Petra,
The jury is still out on Mare Magic. I started Willow on it in the midst of her ulcer trouble, before I had figured out what the issue was. She was pretty agitated at the time. She's much better now, but I think that's more due to the ulcer healing than any supplement. I'll keep her on the Mare Magic awhile longer so I can really get a feel for it. I had been using SmartCalm Ultra, and I do think that worked, but Mare Magic is a lot cheaper and had great feedback on the SmartPak site.

Petra said...

thanks for letting me know...I will give it a shot and see if I can see a difference....

Val said...

Four feedings a day!? Heaven.